Portland Attorney Edward Piper

Professional Background

Ed practices at the intersection of technology, business, and white-collar criminal law. He advises individuals and businesses on a wide range of issues in those areas and regularly conducts investigations and compliance audits on behalf of corporate clients. Additionally, where necessary, he litigates civil and criminal disputes on behalf of his clients in both state and federal courts. Ed has significant experience in matters involving privacy, data protection, computer hacking, misappropriation of trade secrets, and the enforcement of noncompetition agreements and other types of restrictive covenants.

Before joining the firm, Ed practiced with Paul Hastings LLP in Palo Alto, California and Stoel Rives LLP in Portland, Oregon. He also served as General Counsel to a large, privately-held technology company that provides business and communications services to customers around the world.

Ed is licensed to practice in Oregon. He earned his B.A. in History and Arabic from Stanford University, where he graduated with distinction and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he was a finalist in the James Patterson McBaine Honors Moot Court Competition and argued before U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. During law school, Ed also served as an extern in the Offices of the United States Attorneys for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California.

Representative Matters

  • Represented an international, publicly-traded sportswear company in a computer hacking case against a former employee and the technology vendor where the employee had since become an executive; obtained a six-figure settlement payment and a cooperation agreement from the former employee, who also pleaded guilty to a felony violation of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; subsequently resolved the company’s remaining claims against the technology vendor.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 provider of shipping and logistics services in multiple disputes involving theft of its trade secrets.
  • Represented a large, international technology company in regards to a government subpoena demanding production of a broad range of confidential business data.
  • Represented seven individuals in a trade secrets case brought against them by their former employer, which concerned LiDAR-based geospatial mapping technology; obtained a substantial, favorable modification of a temporary restraining order that had been entered before the representation began; subsequently, the former employer voluntarily dismissed its claims in their entirety.
  • Represented a large, international provider of business services and software in a matter involving a breach of the duty of loyalty and unfair competition by a former executive; obtained favorable pre-litigation settlement.
  • Represented a religious college in litigation alleging discrimination based on its decision not to hire an employment candidate; obtained summary judgment in favor of the college based on statutory and First Amendment defenses.

Selected Presentations & Publications

  • Author, “Oregonians should demand net neutrality in their state government: Guest opinion,” The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com (April 4, 2018)
  • Author, “Portland’s unconstitutional campaign against Uber,” The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com (May 12, 2017)
  • Assistant Editor, “Employee Mobility, Restrictive Covenants, and Trade Secrets,” Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, American Bar Association, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee (2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016 editions)
  • Moderator, “Tech Talent on the Move: Protecting Your Enterprise When Onboarding and Exiting Key Employees,” Panel Discussion, Technology Association of Oregon (June 2015)
  • Speaker, “Multi-Jurisdictional Issues in Non-Compete and Trade Secret Litigation,” Business Law Section Spring Meeting, American Bar Association (April 2015)
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